Syracuse, NY
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1 College Freshman

Weather: I hate the weather. This week alone, it was as hot as 80 degrees on Monday and today it snowed an inch.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: I'm from the north country in NY anyhow so I am use to the unpredictable weather of Syracuse. But for the people from the west and down south, its a rude awakening during the winter months. Snow delays do NOT happen, so if people are looking for less classes in the winter, SU isn't the place for them. They have only closed 3/4 times since 1980's. It's not that bad though, bring rain boots, rain jacket, heavy winter coat, boots, and then light clothing for summer and fall, you'll be all set.

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2 College Sophomore

Weather: Syracuse is known for having HARSH winter's. In the fall it is super humid and hot, but come October it starts to cool down and drop in temperature. Although winter is not to hot, spring time is BEAUTIFUL!

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2 College Junior

Weather: Snowy and cold a lot of the time. Very hot in summer

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2 College Freshman

Weather: The weather in Syracuse stinks its cold and snowy

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  • 68th
    Coldest Winters
  • 383rd
    Hottest Summers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Marshal Yong
New York City
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Syracuse is known for its snow, but students will find it far easier to adjust to a few inches constantly on the ground than to the wind and cold they will encounter. It will get very cold. By November, it will be in the 40s regularly; by December, it will be below freezing. With the wind chill factor, especially in January and February, temperatures can drop way below zero. It isn't a fun time walking to class across the quad with a temperature of negative 10 degrees and wind gusts reaching more than 30 miles per hour. Also, it makes the occasional 50 degree day in March seem like a tropical vacation.

There is no nice way to say it-if you like beautiful weather, head to Miami or California. At Syracuse, no one came because he or she likes making snow angels or being whipped in the face with wind. Even snow bunnies will be disappointed in the lack of skiing the Syracuse area has to offer. If SU is your choice for college, it most certainly should be for some other reason than the weather. As far as clothes, make sure you do have mostly warm clothes, and dress in layers. Do, however, bring a couple outfits of shorts and short sleeves, as you should be prepared to jump at any opportunity to abandon your hoodie, warm hat, earmuffs, and mittens.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 56 °F
Spring - Low: 35 °F
Summer - High: 80 °F
Summer - Low: 58 °F
Fall - High: 59 °F
Fall - Low: 41 °F
Winter - High: 34 °F
Winter - Low: 17 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.27 in./month
Summer: 3.76 in./month
Fall: 3.71 in./month
Winter: 2.61 in./month
Did You Know?
Syracuse is considered on average to be the snowiest city within the United States.


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